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Playlist: All that Jazz

Compiled By: Harold Nicol

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A variety of jazz pieces.

Jazz Standards with Ted Gioia

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials series | 58:53

An hour-long program of classic jazz, in which Jazz historian Ted Gioia joins Night Lights to talk about his latest book.

Gioia-jazz-standards_small Throughout the history of jazz, musicians have mined the rich depths of popular song for their improvisations, and many individual songs have been used over and over again.

Jazz scholar Ted Gioia , who has written several notable books about music including West Coast Jazz and The History Of Jazz , has now turned his sights on the subject of jazz repertoire. His book The Jazz Standards is an encyclopedic investigation of more than 250 songs that make up a significant part of the jazz canon, focusing on the origins of the songs, the elements that have made them appealing to jazz musicians, and compelling or significant recordings of the songs.

He joins Night Lights to discuss some of those songs and what their appeal has been to jazz musicians. We’ll hear performances of the songs by Miles Davis , Stan Getz , Ben Webster , Sonny Clark , and others.

Bud Powell: Bebop Pianism

From NPR Music | Part of the Jazz Profiles series | 54:00

Pianist Bud Powell was admired by his contemporaries as an adventurous original with a style marked by unrivaled virtuosity. Today, he is remembered for redrawing the course of modern jazz piano by pioneering bebop improvisation at the keyboard.

Powell250_small Pianist Bud Powell was admired by his contemporaries as an adventurous original with a style marked by unrivaled virtuosity. Today, he is remembered for redrawing the course of modern jazz piano by pioneering bebop improvisation at the keyboard. Though personal misfortune interrupted his career, and shortened his life, at his peak Powell exuded an emotion and power that captivated audiences and musicians alike.

Jazz-O-Rama #28: "The Early Bebop of Bird, Diz, Tad, Miles & Dexter"

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the The Jazz-O-Rama Hour series | 58:51

Early Bebop fills the air when the remastered 78 RPM records of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis,Tadd Dameron and Dexter Gordon are heard on the 28th edition of Joe Bev's Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

028-jazz-o-rama--prx-series-birddizmilesdexter_small Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "Bird, Diz, Miles & Dexter", including: 

1. Charlie Parker's Reboppers With Dizzy Gillespie & Max Roach - Koko 
2. Dizzy Gillespie Sextet With Charlie Parker & Slam Stewart - Groovin' High 
3. Dizzy Gillespie And His All Stars Quintet With Charlie Parker - Salt Peanuts 
4. The Miles Davis All Stars - Half Nelson 
5. Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra With Milt Jackson & Al Haig - Antrophology 
6. Charlie Parker Septet With Miles Davis & Lucky Thompson - Night In Tunisia 
7. Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra - Oop-Pop-A-Da 
8. Charlie Parker Septet With Miles Davis & Lucky Thompson - Ornithology 
9. Charlie Parker's All Stars With John Lewis & Max Roach - Constellation 
10. The Mc Ghee-Navarro Boptet, With Milt Jackson & Kenny Clarke - Boperation 
11. Tadd Dameron And His Orchestra - Sid's Delight 
12. Dexter Gordon - Dexter Rides Again 
13. Charlie Parker  & Dizzy Gillespie - Bloomdido 
14. Charlie Parker - Now's the Time 

  • Dizzy Gillespie's birthday (October 21)
  • Charlie Parker's birthday (August 29)
  • Miles Davis' birthday (May 26)
  • Dexter Gordon's birthday (February 27)
  • Tadd Dameron's birthday (February 21)

Bebop or bop is a style of jazz characterized by fast tempo, instrumental virtuosity and improvisation based on the combination of harmonic structure and melody. It was developed in the early and mid-1940s. It first surfaced in musicians' argot some time during the first two years of American involvement in the Second World War. This style of jazz ultimately became synonymous with modern jazz, as either category reached a certain final maturity in the 1960s. 

Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr., also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird" was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Miles Davis once said, "You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker." 

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. Allmusic's Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time (some would say the best), Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up copying Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis's emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy's style was successfully recreated . . . Arguably Gillespie is remembered, by both critics and fans alike, as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time." 

Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. 

Dexter Gordon was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He was among the earliest tenor players to adapt the bebop musical language of people like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell to the instrument. His studio and live performance career spanned over 40 years. 

Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton. 

Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2. 

Last year, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour. 

More about Waterlogg Productions at http://www.waterlogg.com.

Jazz-O-Rama #29: "The Hard Bop & Vocalese of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross & Art Blakey"

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the The Jazz-O-Rama Hour series | 58:58

The sounds of classic remastered early LP cuts fill the air when the music of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross & Art Blakey is presented on the 29th edition of Joe Bev's Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

029-jazz-o-rama--prx-series-hardbop-vocalese_small Joe Bev presents LP Jazz with a Sense of Humor: "The Hard Bop & Vocalese of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross & Art Blakey", including: 

  1. Farmer's Market - Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross (1960)
  2. Down Under - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Mosaic (1961)
  3. Cottontail - Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross
  4. Sweet 'n' Sour - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Caravan (1962) 
  5. Lil Niles - Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross
  6. Blues March - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Moanin' (1958)
  7. Twisted - Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross
  8. Crisis - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Mosaic (1961)
  9. Moanin' - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1958)
  10. Moanin' - Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross (1960)
  • David Alden Lambert's birthday (June 19)
  • Jon Hendricks' birthday (September 16)
  • Annie Ross's birthday (July 25)
  • Art Blakey's birthday (October 11)

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were a vocalese trio formed by jazz vocalists Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. The group formed in 1957 and recorded their first album Sing a Song of Basie for Paramount Records. 
Beginning in 1959, the trio recorded three LPs with Columbia Records. They recorded a version of Ross' 1952 song "Twisted", featuring her lyrics set to a Wardell Gray melody. Their High Flying won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group in 1962. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross were voted Best Vocal Group in the Down Beat Readers Poll from 1959 to 1963.

Arthur "Art" Blakey, known later as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was an American Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer and bandleader. Along with Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, he was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. He is known as a powerful musician and a vital groover; his brand of bluesy, funky hard bop was and continues to be profoundly influential on mainstream jazz. For more than 30 years his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. 

Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton. 

Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2. 

Last year, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour. 

More about Waterlogg Productions at http://www.waterlogg.com

Remember the Bird! (The Music of Charlie Parker)

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Jazz Time series | 50:43

CHARLIE PARKER was one of the most influential improvising soloists in JAZZ, and a central figure in the development of BOP in the 1940s. A legendary figure in his own lifetime, he was idolized by those who worked with him, and he inspired a generation of JAZZ performers and composers.

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In his brief career, Charlie Parker transformed JAZZ, spontaneously extending the harmonic and rhythmic range of the music in his fluent improvisations. Only Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane have had as dramatic an influence on other musicians. Broadly considered as one of the greatest saxophonists of all time, he was crucial in the development of the bebop movement. Many of his compositions have become standards including "Billie’s Bounce ", "Ornithology " and "Confirmation ". Two of his albums, Jazz at Massey Hall and Charlie Parker with Strings , have received the Grammy Hall of Fame award.

"Remember the Bird (The Music of Charlie Parker)" is a one hour program divided into three sets leaving room for PSAs, the news, announcements, station IDs etc.

Jazz-O-Rama #20: "Kansas City Swing"

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the The Jazz-O-Rama Hour series | 57:31

"Cherokee", "One O'clock Jump" and "Kansas City Farewell" are among the 78 RPM records heard on the 20th edition of Joe Bev's Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

020-jazz-o-rama--prx-series-kc_small Joe Bev presents 78 RPM Jazz with a Sense of Humor: ""Kansas City Jazz", including:

Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Kansas City Stomps (1926)
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra: Yazoo Blues (1926)
Kansas City Stompers: Shanghai Honeymoon (1929)
Jay McShann and His Orchestra: Swingmatism (1941)
Orin Hot Lips Page and His Band: Lafayette (1940)
Count Basie and His Orchestra: One O'clock Jump (1942)
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra: Kansas City Shuffle (1928)
Count Basie and His Kansas City Five: Laughing at Life (1938)
Six Men and A Girl: Zonky (1940)
Eddie Durham and HIs Band: Magic Carpet (1940)
Count Basie and His All American Rhythm Section: Bugle Blues (1940s)
Harlan Leonard his Kansas City Rockets: Dameron Stomp (1940)
Jay McShann Combo: Oh, Lady Be Good (1940)
Charlie Parker and Friends: Cherokee (1942)
Pete Johnson Blues Trio: Kansas City Farewell (1939) (listen to this 78 record at: http://youtu.be/FR7JdvINJQY




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Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra was the most successful Jazz band of the Midwest. The band toured all over the country and had a top selling recording in 1927 for Victor named "South". In 1929 Count Basie of The Blue Devils joined the band, and several other members of that band soon joined Moten's Orchestra. Count Basie took over the band after Moten's death in 1935.

That year Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many notable musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Basie's theme songs were "One O'clock Jump," developed in 1935 in the early days of his band, and "April In Paris".

Jay McShann was an American Grammy Award-nominated jump blues, mainstream jazz, and swing bandleader, pianist and singer. During the 1940s, McShann was at the forefront of blues and hard bop jazz musicians mainly from Kansas City.

In 1938, Parker joined the band of pianist Jay McShann, with whom he toured around Southwest Chicago and New York. A year later, Parker traveled to Chicago and was a regular performer at a club on 55th street. Parker soon moved to New York. He washed dishes at a local food place where he met guitarist Biddy Fleet, the man who taught him about instrumental harmony. Shortly afterwards, Parker returned to Kansas City to attend his father’s funeral. Once there, he joined Harlan Leonard’s Rockets and stayed for five months. In 1939, Yardbird rejoined McShann and was placed in charge of the reed section. Then, in 1940, Parker made his first recording with the McShann orchestra. 

During the four years that Parker stayed with McShann's band, he got the opportunity to perform solo in several of their recordings, such as Hootie Blues, Sepian Bounce, and the 1941 hit Confessing the Blues. In 1942, while on tour with McShann, Parker performed in jam sessions at Monroe’s and Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem. There he caught the attention of up-and-coming jazz artists like Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Later that year, Parker broke with McShann and joined Earl Hines for eight months. 

Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing radio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. At 19 in 1980, Bev became the youngest person to produce a radio show for public radio. He co-hosted The Jazz Show with Garret Gega in the early 80s, a four hour a week mix classic jazz and comedy. Bev also worked for WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ and produced documentaries for WNYC New York Public Radio on jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton.

Bev also produces, directs, writes and voices half of The Comedy-O-Rama Hour, which is has been highest rated radio show on Cult Radio A-Go-Go! for many weeks. Joe Bev's other weekly radio show, The Jazz-O-Rama Hour debuted at #2.

16 weeks ago, the veteran voice actor added his third hour for Cult Radio, called The Joe Bev Experience which airs right after The Jazz-O-Rama Hour.

GREAT DATES:
Count Basie was born in Red Bank, New Jersey on August 21, 1904.(August 21)

More about Waterlogg Productions at http://www.waterlogg.com.

NL 19-06: Jazz Is Not A Noun: Don Shirley, The Extraordinary Pianist, 2/4/2019

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights series | 59:02

The Oscar-nominated movie Green Book has stirred interest in the life and music of pianist Don Shirley, whose approach defied definition as he drew on jazz, classical, gospel and pop for his repertoire.

"Jazz Is Not A Noun: Don Shirley, The Extraordinary Pianist" features a wide range of selections from Shirley's career on record, including his treatments of standards and his own compositions, his hit "Waterboy," and a collaboration with Duke Ellington.

Night_lights_logo_small The Oscar-nominated movie Green Book has stirred interest in the life and music of pianist Don Shirley, whose approach defied definition as he drew on jazz, classical, gospel and pop for his repertoire. "Jazz Is Not A Noun: Don Shirley, The Extraordinary Pianist" features a wide range of selections from Shirley's career on record, including his treatments of standards and his own compositions, his hit "Waterboy," and a collaboration with Duke Ellington.

NL 18-51: A Night Lights Wonderland, 12/17/2018

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights series | 59:00

Classic holiday jazz from Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and others.

Night_lights_logo_small Classic holiday jazz from Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans and others.

NL 18-50: McCoy Tyner: The Blue Note Years, 12/10/2018

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights series | 59:00

After leaving John Coltrane’s group at the end of 1965, pianist McCoy Tyner made an ambitious run of albums for the Blue Note label in the late 1960s. We’ll hear selections from them in honor of Tyner’s 80thbirthday.

Night_lights_logo_small After leaving John Coltrane’s group at the end of 1965, pianist McCoy Tyner made an ambitious run of albums for the Blue Note label in the late 1960s. We’ll hear selections from them in honor of Tyner’s 80thbirthday.

NL 18-46: Jazz Scene San Francisco, 11/12/2018

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights series | 59:03

A tour of the city’s 20th-century jazz legacy.

Night_lights_logo_small A tour of the city’s 20th-century jazz legacy.

NL 18-37: Jazz From Monterey: 1958, Birth of a Festival, 9/10/2018

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights series | 59:00

A program of music from the very first Monterey Jazz Festival. Featured artists include Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mullligan, Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Giuffre, and Cal Tjader.

Night_lights_logo_small A program of music from the very first Monterey Jazz Festival. Featured artists include Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mullligan, Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Giuffre, and Cal Tjader.